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Missinglink Mountain
Kananaskis, Alberta
November 14, 2009

Distance: 6.2 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 436 m

I came across Missinglink Mountain on which suggested starting up the southwest ridge, Dot Mountain. Since then, Missinglink has appeared in Kananaskis Country Trail Guide.

From Hwy. 546, Dinah and I drove a kilometre up Gorge Creek Trail and parked on the west side at the bottom of a grassy slope. As we started up the slope, we noticed we could keep right and walk around cliffs that capped the slope, but we chose to clamber up a chimney. We were soon on Dot Mountain.

With most of the elevation gain under us, we hiked north on a path that follows the clifftop while surveying glistening, snow-covered peaks west. At the end of the cliff, the path disappeared, and we hiked on a grassy slope. For the rest of hike, we continued north, into trees, staying close to the ridge. We kept left where we found either a trail or an open slope. Only for a couple of short sections, did we do any bushwhacking, and even then there was little undergrowth.

Just before the summit, the ridge descends. Deceived by tall trees, we thought the summit was to the right. We kept right, walking through a semi-open forest. But after circling around we realized the high point was on an open ridge.

We kept our summit stay brief and then turned around. We didn't circle back but Instead headed almost directly to the last high point before the summit.

It was a nice, late-season hike. Open slopes and good trails link together nearly seamlessly all the way to the summit. Add vistas throughout, and we had a delightful half-day trip.

GPX Track

Big horn sheep seen from the highway

Dot Mountain seen from the highway (left, mouse over)

Starting up the grassy slope, we headed for the cliffs on the left

A caged plant showed no signs of trying to escape

We could have walked around the right side of the cliff band, but we chose to ascend a chimney

Dinah scrambles up the chimney

View from the clifftop on Dot Mountain: a trail follows the edge of the cliff

Hiking along the cliff edge. Mountain views include Mount Ware (mouse over).

After the cliff path, we ascended an open slope. Bluerock Mountain behind (mouse over).

Trails in the woods provide easy navigation

On the Dot-Missinglink col, we crossed a cutline

With openings on the ridge, we were never in trees for long

For the most part, we stuck close to the ridge

Just before the bare summit (centre left) we had to drop down

On the summit

Gazing at the green hills and snow-covered peaks

Volcano Ridge in the background

Heading back along the ridge

Back at the cliffs

Following a snow-covered path

Going down the chimney. Below is our car on the road.

Down the chimney

Green Mountain on the right

82 J/10 Mount Rae

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